Casey Anthony Rejects a Friday Jail Visit from Her Mother
On Tuesday, in a verdict that has shook the world, Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. By Friday, her strained relationship with her mother Cindy Anthony was back in the media spotlight, as the 25-year-old woman (who won’t be released from prison until July 17) rejected her mother’s attempt to visit her in jail.
The mother had hoped to visit her daughter in jail at 7 p.m. Friday, Orange County Corrections Department spokesman Allen Moore said. When Anthony heard about the request Friday morning, she declined it, he said.
CNN reported that this appeared to be the first request by a relative to visit Anthony since trial ended Tuesday. Cindy Anthony was also rejected when she asked to visit her daughter in the weeks before the trial began in May.
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Cindy Anthony gave testimony for both the prosecution and the defense during her daughter's trial, and was responsible for calling the police in July of 2008 after Casey Anthony lied about her own daughter’s whereabouts. The skeletal remains belonging to the little girl, 2-year-old Caylee, were found five months later near the family’s Orlando home.
The testimony which is now under question is the revelation by Cindy Anthony that she – not Casey, as prosecutors claimed – had searched for the term "chloroform" on the family's computer in the weeks before Caylee went missing. The state had previously argued that Casey Anthony used chloroform to render Caylee unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her.
When the mother testified that she made the chloroform search, it eliminated the notion of Casey Anthony displaying premeditation for murder, which was never definitively determined as Caylee’s cause of death. Records were revealed after the verdict, however, that showed Cindy Anthony was at work at the time the searches were made – a fact which could bring perjury charges on the mother.
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